Not suitable under 10, not recommended 10-13, PG to 15 (Violence; Scary and disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not suitable due to violence and scary and disturbing scenes|
|Children 10 - 13||Not recommended due to violence and scary and disturbing scenes|
|Children 13 - 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary and disturbing scenes|
|Children 15 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Pacific Rim|
|Consumer advice lines:||Science fiction violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Pacific Rim is set in the near future when gigantic creatures called Kaiju emerge from an inter-dimensional portal in the floor of the Pacific Ocean and wreak havoc on humanity, destroying cities and killing millions of people. To fight these monsters, the people of the world band together and build giant combat robots called Jaegers, which require the simultaneous operation of two pilots whose minds are connected by a neural bridge. Two such Jaeger pilots are the brothers Yancy and Raleigh Becket (Diego Klattenholf and Charlie Hunnam). Initially Yancy and Raleigh, piloting their Jaeger, are able to defeat the Kaiju, but when bigger and smarter Kaiju start appearing the balance tips in favour of the Kaiju. Yancy is killed in battle and their Jaeger all but destroyed. Unable to cope with the loss of his brother, Raleigh abandons his life as a Jaeger pilot and disappears.
Five years later, with humanity on the brink of annihilation, Raleigh’s old commanding officer Marshal Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) is determined to make one final stand. He tracks down Raleigh, his finest Jaeger pilot and reinstates him, pairing Raleigh up with rookie Jaeger co-pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). Mako has a personal vendetta against the Kaiju who destroyed her entire family when she was a young girl.
As the final hour approaches, two research scientists Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottieb (Burn Gorman) make a discovery that might give Raleigh and Mako one last chance.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
World annihilation; alien creatures; loss of a family member
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
Pacific Rim contains frequent and prolonged sequences of intense science-fiction action violence between alien monsters and manned robots, resulting in mass destruction and death. The film also contains violence between humans. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by many of the above mentioned scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
None of concern in the film, but associated toys etc being marketed to children
Pacific Rim contains some sexual innuendo. Examples include:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains medium-level coarse language and name calling throughout. Examples include:
Pacific Rim is a science-fiction action adventure directed by Guillermo Del Toro, who directed Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth. The film’s action and special effects are likely to entertain adolescents, but it may also attract younger children, particularly those who have seen the associated toys. Parents are therefore warned that the film’s M rating is deserved. It is definitely not recommended for under 13s because of its violent and disturbing scenes, involving destruction and intense battles between scary monsters and giant robots. Parental guidance is recommended to 15, because younger teens may also be disturbed by some scenes.
The main message from this movie is that people working together, especially on a global scale, can triumph over almost insurmountable odds. Many of the humans demonstrate bravery, perseverance and self sacrifice. Parents of older children may wish to discuss what the film could teach us about combatting the real threats to our world such as natural disasters, wars, famine or large scale terrorist attacks.
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